For whatever reason, people really seem to like this wine. Last years wine is the third most popular post on this site. People get excited about this wine. Jason was excited enough to drink it in the car. People took some of my criticism that this wine was a fruit bomb a little personally, I think, as in they don't seem to agree with my sentiment. Let me just say this--this wine is a great 5$ wine. It's hard to make a good 5$ wine. But it's also a 5$ wine, and as a result, it's really missing something. Just like all of the sweet, mass-produced crap that comes out of the industrial food system and big agribusiness (Coke, Pepsi, Fruit Loops, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Velveeta, and the list goes on...) and masquerades as food, this masquerades as wine. Of course, food is superficially cheap for a variety of reasons (and feeding the population of the world is certainly a pressing concern), and many people have become accustomed to the accoutrements of the industrial food system to the detriment of cooking, general well being, and above all, taste. To a certain extent the same thing is true of wine, I think, and feel free to sling your arrows at me if you disagree. I know that I have a tendency to be dogmatic and a bit of a blowhard. But on to the wine...If you're used to the latest swill that Jay Miller is hyping, you're used to Robert Mondavi, and you're used to super ripe wines from warm climates with lots of hangtime and with chewy, jammy, oaky vanilla notes, you're going to love this wine. Because instead of being 10$, 15$, 20$, or more, this is 5$, and it's plenty drinkable. I don't think that it's as complex as last years version, but it hasn't been in the bottle long, so maybe it will improve. Last year, someone didn't like me comparing this to Coca-Cola. It tastes exactly like Coca-Cola. (Jim Neal--Did you steal their formula?) Sweet. Lots of cloves, a little bit of pepper, vanilla, berries (including maybe strawberry, but mainly raspberry), and some chocolate after it's open for a while. Sweeter than last years example, with a thick, sticky texture. Yes, I remember that texture well in my library of tastes, textures, and other ephemera--it's the same one that you get from soft drinks, which I swore off years ago becuase they aren't food. They're masquerading as such. Regardless, this is quite good for 5$ (although not as good as last years I think) and you might as well buy this over whatever other garbage you can get for 10 or 15$ at your local Kroger. B That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.